In the shadow of Chernobyl

August 10, 2012

FIVE hundred days from Japan bringing the world to the brink of nuclear apocalypse and as the world watches and waits for the final impact of the Fukushima nuclear disaster to be tolled visits a site where it all happened before.

The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster is a series of technological failures, meltdowns and radioactive releases following the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011.

As the analysis of that disaster continues – there is one place that set a precedent a quarter of a century earlier.


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A hotel with a twist – the Japanese ryokan

October 4, 2011

TIRED of faceless hotels without any special features? Want to experience distinctive hospitality,  you will never forget? writer Svetlana Malukha investigates ryokan – a Japanese hotel, where you are unlikely to see familiar beds, where you wear a special kimono – yukata, which symbolizes tranquility and peace, and taste food cooked on hot stones.

The tranquil surroundings of a Japanese ryokan.

The first ryokans appeared in 1603 and since the concept has been greatly modified, yet one thing remains stable – a strong feeling of genuine Japanese hospitality, sensed as soon as you reach the doorstep.

But don’t expect to just casually walk through the door.

Once you are in a ryokan, you need to be aware of the etiquette you are expected to comply with.


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